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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Mar 29, 2011 4:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: (TDIH) My Favorite Matrix

Although I've never enjoyed the performances from March of 1968 nearly as much as those from January/February, I have always loved the little gem from TDIH in '68. I dig it mostly for the way its swings, but the sound quality is quite different from the following two Carousel Ballroom shows, and for me it's the most enjoyable music from the month.

Though it was long considered an audience recording, I always thought that the old Vernon remaster of the show was a soundboard. Turns out it was actually an early attempt by the Grateful Dead at creating a soundboard/stage mic matrix, and Charlies remaster is a significant upgrade sonically. In spite of a bit of audible and somewhat distracting crowd chatter, the sound quality is very enjoyable (particularly for 1968). Its uber lively mix and vibe suit the swinging music very well.

There are a few unfortunate cuts (the beginning of a stellar Morning Dew and what starts out as an amazing Born cross Eyed), but the music here is really nice and I enjoy this performance more than the following two of this run at the Carousel.

The obvious highlight of the show is a dynamite performance of New Potato Caboose. It's among the best renditions of the song ever. It's got a slower tempo and a smokey vibe, but it really swings! Garcia's soloing has a rather sublime quality to it, and just goes on and on. I much prefer this type of outro segment to the Thirteen Jam style outro Phil would develop later in the year.

Interestingly, four tracks have been added to the beginning of the show on Charlies file. These four songs had been previously and erroneously considered to be from a performance on 3/26/68, however Dick Latvala claimed they were from this performance. The music is good, particularly the very fine rendition of Death Don't Have No Mercy, but the sonic signature of these tracks is much different from what we do know is from 3/29, and the vibe different as well. I'm inclined the think these four songs might be from the 3/31 Carousel performance, but can't say for sure. I'm definately interested in your opinions on this...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1968-03-29.sbd.miller.108993.flac16

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Mar 29, 2011 8:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: (TDIH) My Favorite Matrix

I think it's kind of hard to be very precise about dates when it comes to the Carousel shows at the end of March. I remember a couple of threads on this topic over the years and don't think much was resolved, other than there was a lot of "Anthem" taping (and no doubt a lot of tripping) during this time, so who knows what tape was labeled what. As for the sound, the "primitive matrix" explanation seems to fit; although like many others I had long considered these to be audience tapes, it had always seemed somewhat of an oddity that there was this little cluster of high quality "audience" recordings smack in the middle of an era where such things were extremely rare (compare to 3/3,5/18, 6/14, 11/22 etc for examples more typical of audience sources from the period).


In any event, there's some remarkable music here, and we're extremely fortunate that what we do have has survived!

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Mar 29, 2011 6:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: (TDIH) My Favorite Matrix

Thanks for the rec Dennis, How's fishing? Almost racing season!!

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Poster: Jim F Date: Mar 29, 2011 11:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: (TDIH) My Favorite Matrix

"Interestingly, four tracks have been added to the beginning of the show on Charlies file. These four songs had been previously and erroneously considered to be from a performance on 3/26/68, however Dick Latvala claimed they were from this performance. The music is good, particularly the very fine rendition of Death Don't Have No Mercy, but the sonic signature of these tracks is much different from what we do know is from 3/29, and the vibe different as well. I'm inclined the think these four songs might be from the 3/31 Carousel performance, but can't say for sure. I'm definately interested in your opinions on this..."


I don't think I could personally back up that theory of those 4 songs being from 3/30, I don't see them doing Morning Dew and Dark Star twice in the same show. I've always wondered where that Lovelight/BIODTL snippet came from, too (often attached to 3/31).

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Poster: polarized blue Date: Mar 30, 2011 1:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: (TDIH) My Favorite Matrix

Just a hunch, not from an expert, but I have spent a lot of time listening to these shows and lots of 68. I think I'd agree it could be from 3/31. Seems to fit the available versions for the setlist. Based on that, I also rule out 3/30. I never really gave it too much thought, just have enjoyed the special treat that we can actually listen to this tape right here today. But again, it is all just a gut feeling for me. I love this New Potato Caboose. When I first really started getting into New Potato Caboose it was Two From The Vault. It is such a cool take on the same old blues, ha ha.

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Poster: Jim F Date: Mar 30, 2011 2:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: (TDIH) My Favorite Matrix

Oops, duh Jim...I read that wrong, he said 3/31, not 3/30. I retract my original statement and agree with both of you.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Mar 29, 2011 6:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: (TDIH) My Favorite Matrix

Huh. I think you may be right. There is a different sound. Could it be different taping equipment? Geez, I can’t believe I can actually notice it. (As long as someone points it out, LOL.) Whichever day it’s from, that Death Don’t is excellent.

I listened to 3/30/68 the other day, and I’m inclined to agree that 3/29 is better. (What a TOO > NPC!) But I’m not sure I gave 3/30 its due, cuz I was doing a lot of other stuff while I had it on.

(Plus, The Teenager was giving his running commentary -- “Is Bob having an aneurysm?” -- or trying to do name-that-tune. “Althea! No, China Cat! No, Althea!” Tip of the Day: 1968 is not full of Altheas. Hey, we all learn different things from our parents, who are all invariably weird in different ways ... )

Boo hoo about the 3/29 Born Cross-Eyed cut. It would be one of the last, wouldn’t it? I hadn’t realized they did ALL of the live ones in those first few months of ’68. Love that song; wonder why they did it for such a short time. The 3/30 Born Cross-Eyed is followed by a ... Spanish Jam! How can you go wrong? Wonderful dark transition between those tunes:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1968-03-30.sbd.miller.108994.flac16


This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2011-03-29 13:38:06